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  • How to Land an A330 Airbus

  • And Other Vital Skills for the Modern Man
  • Written by: James May
  • Narrated by: James May
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Written by: James May
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Publisher's Summary

Being given yet another pointless 'man manual' that told him 50 ways to tie a bow tie in under 30 seconds made James May certain there was a need for another kind of book. This book, in fact. He reckons there are nine vital things that a chap should be able to do.

Not stuff you can download from the Internet, but really important things. You never know when you might need to land an A330 Airbus, or deliver twins. And there may well be a moment when being able to play a bit of classical music on the piano is absolutely crucial to your success with women. So read, learn, and be prepared - you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.

©2010 James May (P)2010 Hodder & Stoughton

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  • Katherine
  • 2012-04-09

Mostly delightful . . .

What did you love best about How to Land an A330 Airbus?

May's penchant for detail is obvious in this book. I vacillated between fascination with the information he presented, amusement at his insane determination to investigate every little detail, and, only very occasionally a little bit of impatience at this endless detail. But running along it all is his fantastic dry wit, which is what really makes this so easy to listen to.

What does James May bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I really think that hearing May read this is the best way to experience it. Only he could deliver all of his little jokes in just the right manner to make them work.

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  • S. Anderson
  • 2011-11-17

Truly Vital Skills

Ok, so I am pretty sure I will never use anything learned from this book. So what! I was entertained by every minute of this book and still find James May to be my favorite of the Top Gear hosts. This book is a must for any of his fans.

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  • Michaela
  • 2013-06-02

Absolutely Ridiculous and Worth a Read!

Where does How to Land an A330 Airbus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's one of my favorite books! Being a fan of "Top Gear" on BBC, I was amused to see that 'Captain Slow' had written a mans guide to things they need to know. If you have ever watched the show you know that cars are often described as completely pointless but you must buy one and here's why. That's is book!! Very amusing , completely useless, and absolutely fabulous!

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  • David Canizaro
  • 2020-04-14

James May At His Best

He May have been known as Captain Slow, on “Top Gear,” but reveals his many talents in this book. He has a great British type of humor that enables him to make even the most dreadful hypothetical situations, hilarious. Not to mention the fact, that it is possible some of the scenarios, in this book, could actually happen.

James May is a man full of talents. Have an amazing imagination, and a great ability to convey them.

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  • Andy
  • 2014-11-17

not funny, not informative, not entertaining

The riff on the A330 was a total waste of time. I then switched off the audiobook.

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  • Amadeo
  • 2012-05-26

Not great, but good

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Many of the 'skills' it teaches are mundane, barely relevant. But it has a few good ones. Bonus points for the narration, by James May himself.

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  • Theodore
  • 2022-06-14

Hey, you never know when this'll cone in handy...

Captain Slow to the rescue, although it's perhaps ironic that this book flies by so fast. Got a few hours to kill? This one will do it in style, like walking calmly away from an explosion.

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  • L. Wood
  • 2022-01-04

James May doing James May Things

James May is a hilarious guy. I love his witty sense of humor. Only the British can pull off this type of humor successfully. And when a dude with an English accent talks with humor drier than a popcorn fart, you know it’s good.

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  • David
  • 2021-05-05

love James May

I love how Mr. May tells stories. He has a great understanding of the material.

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  • Arjay Hinek
  • 2021-03-05

An Absolute Delight

If you're a fan of James May's deadpan delivery and share his fascination with all-things-mechanichal, you are in for a delight.

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  • DREIKAUS Laurent
  • 2023-01-23

Immensely funny

And somewhat useful !
Everything a modern man needs to be successful in todays world.
Thanks James.